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NEWS Two vets, three sodas, and a notebook THE JOURNEY TO ROCKIN J REAWAKENINGS By Beth Blakeman Associate Editor


ockin J Reawakenings Veterans Center and Ra nch in Prewitt, N.M., is named for two people whose first names start with the letter J; Jess and Jori Butler. Butler was a diesel engine mechanic on the USS Frederick LST 1184. Jess Butler and his wife Jori,

who run a little jewelry shop in Thoreau, met another Navy veteran one day and found out Mark Kasehagen had also served on the USS Frederick, as a corpsman. Turned out they were neighbors. T he t wo vet er a n s got together and started considering businesses they could partner in that would give back to the community. Butler said, “Community and kids are our

priorities.” To hear Butler tell it, the whole idea of using equine therapy and dogs to help people contending with hypersensitive conditions such as PTSD, ADHD and autism wasn’t too difficult to arrive at. “[In] about three sodas and a notebook, we had our start. We identified how we could help the people we wanted to help.” Kasehagen says the idea

Firefly is a half Shetland, half miniature horse donated to Rockin J Reawakenings by a boy who grew too big to ride her. Here she is all dressed up for Easter pictures at the community Easter Egg hunt. Photo Credit: Jori Butler came from an article he saw in T he Ame r ican Legion Ma gazin e about “Project Warhorse” in Canada. “That was my first real look at equine therapy that was in a set format for veterans for depression and PTSD.” The two agree that there is something special and healing about horses. Butler says horses are hypersensitive and that’s one of the reasons they are so good for healing. “We’ve had guys who come out and rub on the horses and cry.” Kasehagen says, “There’s a lot to be said for when you’re feeling anxious, depressed. Spending time with a horse is good medicine.” Asked if he personally suffers from PTSD, Kasehagen described some of the things

Entrance to Rockin J Reawakenings Veterans Center and Ranch in Prewitt, N.M. Photo Credit: Jori Butler

Horses in the paddock at Rockin J Reawakenings ranch. Photo Credit: Jori Butler

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he’d seen. “My entire career with the navy was spent as a fleet marine force corpsman. I took care of marines my entire career. As you can imagine they make lousy travel agents…take you to wild and wondrous places. During those years in service, spending time in Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi, during the bad years. The late ‘80s and ‘90s were not very comfortable in general. We did non-combatant evacuations from embassies. Places like Sierra Leone. We evacuated Sierra Leone a couple of times, as I remember.” He continued, “We did a lot of humanitarian missions, too. You were taking care of people



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Gallup Police Department seeking public help in missing persons cases ALL CURRENT LEADS EXHAUSTED By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent


he input of a vigilant reader may be the next clue to help bring a number of missing persons home to Gallup. At least that is what Gallup Police Department hopes for. Lieutenant Billy Padavich held a special meeting for the press at Gallup police station June 6 to give

details on four missing persons cases that the department is now seeking public help with. “We have no [new] leads, and we’ve exhausted all our current leads at this point,” Padavich said.


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people Padavich spoke about are believed to be a couple, both of whom were reported missing to Gallup police on March 19. Eugena Mar tinez, bor n in 1987, was last seen at McDonald’s west at the beginning of February, Padavich said. No word was given on the last known location of Tyrannus White, born in 1977, except that he repor tedly

picked her up from an unspecified location on March 11, and the two have not been seen since. Padavich said Gallup police have been in contact with White’s parents, trying to pull info on White from people who know him, including his friends and associates, and checking previous known whereabouts. “We believe they’re no longer in this area,” Padavich said. “We’ve had narcotics agents reach out to people on the street and ask about them.

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Weekly Police Activity Report Staff Reports

BAD CHECK AND GREEN LEAVES Gallup, May 28 Officers Alana Bradley a nd Mol i n a were ca l led ou t a r ou nd 2 :15 p m t o t he Pen ny Pinchers after Esmerelda Tapaha someone named Jamal reported two females and a male inside a red passenger car trying to cash a fraudulent

check. Jamal said there was a woman inside the store, and a woma n outside w it h a male outside in a car. The Candelaria Smith three left for the Taco Bell. One of the women told Jamal that the woman in the car wrote the check and had her go inside to cash it. Jamal said he called to verify the check, learned that it was fraudulent and called 9-1-1. Officer Molina notified Sgt. Wilma Seciwa and she told

Molina to charge the woman in the car, Esmerelda Tapaha (no date of birth available) and the woman in the store, Candelaria Smith, (no date of birth available) with forgery. Officer Bradley placed Tapa ha u nder a r rest a nd took her to the Gallup Indian Medical Center for a clearance, after she stated that she was pregnant. Then she was booked. Ms. Smith had a bench warrant and was booked on her warrant by J. Yazzie. Smith was found to have two glass pipes and a green leafy substance in her possession.


DANGEROUS SITUATION Gallup, May 25 A t 5:11 pm, Officers T i m o t h y Hug ht e a nd Ja son Wa lly were dispatched to 736 Kev in. When they arrived, they were informed that two children were at another address, 737 Rimrock. When they knocked and announced themselves, two small children opened the door. The officers looked inside and saw two adults

passed out on the couch. One of the children was the daughter of Bernadette Etsitty, 38, one of the adults on the couch. The other was related to the incident at 736 Kevin. Several open containers of alcohol were found in the house within reach of the children. The living conditions were described as having clothing on the floor of all three bedrooms and towels piled up in a bathroom. A second front entry to the house was open and unsecured. Etsitty’s oldest daughter was called to the scene to pick up her younger sister. The intoxicated woman was taken for a medical clearance. She refused a breath test. She was


Man arrested in bloody Walmart stabbing By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


n a twist of irony, a man that was a victim of a s t a bbi n g e a rl ier t h i s week, stabbed a man at Gallup Walmart June 5. Ga llup Police a r rested Fe r n a ndo L a r go, 2 8 , of Sundance, N.M. on one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and two counts of tampering with evidence. The call came into Gallup Police shortly before 4:30 pm, to 1650 West Maloney Ave., in reference to a man who was bleeding profusely from his head. Patrolma n Julio Ya zzie

Fernando Largo was the first officer to arrive on s ce ne a nd r e q ue s t e d pa r a me d ic s t o t r e a t t he man’s wound, according to

GPD spokesperson Lt. Erin Toadlena-Pablo. “ T h i s v ic t i m h a d l a c erations to the head a rea and informed officers that he was stabbed by a male, who he knew as first name F e r n a n d o ,” T o a d l e n a P a blo, w r o t e i n a new s release. “Through investigation, officers were able to identify and apprehend the suspect in this incident.” The victim, whose name hasn’t been released, underwent surgery at a local hospital the evening of June 5. Toadlena-Pablo said detectives told her that the victim’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Gallup Police Department Lt. Erin Toadlena-Pablo (left) along with GPD Det. Tasheena Wilson, investigates what police believe is the place where a victim was stabbed north of Walmart, June 5. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Garrett Begay May 26, 2:21 am Aggravated DWI (3rd) McKinley C o u n t y Sheriff Sgt. T a m m y Houghtaling w a s g i ve n an aler t to w a t c h fo r a light blue Ford Escape that was traveling east on Highway 118 and was swerving all over the road and into incoming traffic lanes. Houg ht a l i ng reached Highway 118 and traveled west before the Ford Escape passed her several minutes later. She turned around to pursue the vehicle as it swerved in traffic lanes on Highway 118 and then south on Highway 400, where it eventually stopped. Houghtaling made contact with the driver, Garrett Begay, 46, of Ft. Wingate. She asked him if he knew why she was trying to stop him, to which he replied that he was intoxicated. Houghtaling said she could smell a strong odor of alcohol from his breath and that he had bloodshot watery eyes. She also noted there were a number of miniatures near his cup holder. After running his license, and later finding out it was suspended, Houghtaling had Begay exit his vehicle. She noted he had a hard time keeping his balance, and declined to take the standard field sobriety

POLICE ACTIVITY | FROM PAGE 8 transported to the McKinley County Detention Center and booked.


test, because he said he was drunk and would not be able to pass it. After waiting for another unit to arrive, Begay was placed in Houghtaling’s unit and transported to McKinley County Sheriff’s Office for a breath test where he posted samples of .27 and .25. Begay was then transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center for booking. Albert Johnson May 25, 8:17 pm DWI (4th) McKinley C o u n t y Sheriff Sgt. T a m m y Houghtaling was assigned to locate a silver Ford F150 traveling north on U. S. Route 491. Houghtaling spotted the truck as it passed her near the Cash Stop. She noticed it was swerving within the traffic lane and came close to crossing the dotted white line in the center. So she stopped it. The truck pulled over in front of M&R Trading. When she stopped him, the man identified as Albert Johnson, 60, had dried blood on his top lip and Houghtaling could smell liquor. He did not have a driver’s license, but said he had an ID card and then when he checked for it, he said he had been in a fight at Sports Page and his wallet was taken. He was unable to complete all of the field sobriety tests as instructed. He was arrested for

DWI. On a check of the vehicle, Houghtaling discovered a valid and current registration and an expired insurance document as well as a can of beer with a broken seal. Two passengers in the truck were transported to a residence in Yatahey. . Johnson agreed to a breath test. He gave two breath samples of .18/.18. He was booked on DWI (4th, felony), roadways laned for traffic, suspended revoked license, evidence of insurance, and open container. Roger Baker May 25, 3:04 pm DWI (5th) McKinley C o u n t y Sheriff Sgt. T a m m y Houghtaling was assigned to locate a vehicle traveling east on Highway 264 and then south onto Highway 491. A small white Ford Ranger that was swerving all over the road and contained one male occupant wearing a cowboy hat. Houghtaling found the vehicle driving south slowly on U. S. Route 491, approach south Chino. After making contact with the driver, later identified as Roger Baker, 70. Houghtaling noticed his speech was slurred and he was mumbling and she could smell liquor on his breath. When asked for his license, insurance and registration, he provided an ID card from New Mexico and insurance that had expired in

Officer Daniel Brown was dispatched to Rico’s Auto at 501 W. Coal Ave. in reference to a report that a number of vehicles had been broken into and damaged.. The Service Advisor at Rico’s said the vandalized vehicles were in the service lot. He said he noticed the damage in the morning when he arrived at work. Logged into evidence were numerous items found in a

backpack from condoms to pill bottles, even notices of court fines. There was also a large rusted wrench found on the ground next to one of the damaged vehicles. It had glass shards all over it. Thir teen vehicles were damaged and 11 of those may have been burglarized. The owners of the vehicles were not on the scene.

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March. The registration was valid and current. Houghtaling gave Baker a lter native sobr iety tests because he had complained of a hip injury. He had some difficulty with the tests. He was arrested for DWI and placed in her police unit. He agreed to a breath test. He gave two breath samples of .29/.29. In addition to being booked on DWI 5th (felony), Baker was charged with roadways laned for traffic, suspended, revoked drivers’ license, and evidence of insurance. Melvin Curley May 23, 8:22 pm AGG DWI (1st) Deputy Lorenzo A. Guerrero with the McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s Department was dispatched to the area of Juniper Ridge in Gamerco to check on a vehicle parked in the roadway. It was described as a silver Chevy SUV with an Arizona license plate. Guerrero saw a man enter the vehicle and get into the driver’s seat. There was a puddle outside the driver’s side door. It was not raining in the area. The deputy activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop and a welfare check on the driver. But the vehicle started moving northbound and did not stop. It continued into a driveway of a residence. When stopped and asked if he was all right, the driver, Melvin Curley, 53, who had bloodshot, watery eyes, said he had stopped to urinate.

Guerrero smelled alcohol on his breath. Curley agreed to undergo field sobriety tests, but was unable to complete them. He also agreed to a breath test and submitted a breath sample of 0.19g/210L and 0.19g/210L. Curley wa s booked on charges of Aggravated DWI (1st), standing stopping parking, and failure to stop for law enforcement. Jorge De La Rosa May 22, 10:19 pm DWI (1st) McKinley C o u n t y Sheriff Sgt. T a m m y Houghtaling responded to a call about a red pickup that was all over the road on U. S. Route 491, passing T&R Market. Traveling west onto Highway 264, Houghtaling was able to catch up to the vehicle passing Speedy’s. She pulled in behind the vehicle after it stopped in the right lane of the road. Houghtaling noticed the male driver appeared to be passed out behind the wheel with the vehicle still running. Several knocks on the window seemed to wake him. He unlocked the doors and Sergeant Houghtaling could smell alcohol. Jorge De La Rosa, 68, prov ided an A rizona driver’s license on request. After failing to satisfactorily complete the full set of sobriety tests, De La Rosa was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. He agreed to do a breath test. He gave breath samples, .12/.12. He was booked on charges of DWI (1st) and stopped, standing, parked.

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MISSING PERSONS | FROM PAGE 6 White’s family have heard from either of them and both families are concerned about the lack of contact, Padavich added. As of June 6, both Martinez and White have been entered into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database. Police have tried to ping the couple’s cell phones, checked their social media accounts, and any other information associated with them, such as social security numbers, birth certificates, and dental records. These methods would allow Gallup police to be notified if either Martinez or White’s information is seen by local law enforcement, but to date that has not happened, according to Padavich. He added that since they are believed to be a couple, there is a possibility that they would still be together, but Gallup police does not have enough information to confirm it. “Them being in a relationship wouldn’t seem odd, but the extended time with no contact [with family] is a reason for suspicion,” Padavich said.

Whatever their reason may be for not returning, Padavich said that their families have said they just want to make sure Martinez and White are okay.

MARVIN JOHNSON Marvin Johnson, born in 1958, had not been seen in the Gallup area since Jan. 1, 2016, and was not reported missing

Marvin Johnson by his wife to Gallup Police Department until Sept. 5, 2016. He lived on Patton Drive, and was described by his wife as someone who would walk the streets of Gallup a lot and interact with people on the streets, Padavich said.

Johnson was last seen leaving the area of Hidden Valley Apartments at 810 Patton Dr. He was wearing blue jeans, a tan and brown jacket, and white tennis shoes. Padavich said Johnson was last seen walking west on trails near the aquatic center. Like the missing couple, Padavich said law enforcement has heard no word about Johnson despite flagging his birth certificate and social security number. No other information has been given by his family, except for the fact that they did not find it unusual for someone to not return for extended periods of time, if they walked the streets like Johnson did, according to Padavich. “But then a longer time passed when he should have been home, but he didn’t [come back],” Padavich said. Johnson’s family lives in the Yah-ta-hey area, and when neither they nor his wife had heard from him in an extended span of time, they reported him missing to Gallup police. Padavich said that Gallup police have checked the hill areas near where Johnson was reportedly last seen, but they have not found any trace

of him.

DAVID LINCOLN The last case Padavich spoke about is a tricky one because there is limited information on the person, he said.

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was last seen in Gallup on Jan. 1, 2015. He was reported missing by a relative on Oct. 3, 2017. After his half-sister had no contact from Lincoln for some time, she checked with local hospitals, jails, and detox to see if he had been admitted, but was told no, Padavich said. When detectives reached out to her recently, Padavich said that they were told she had still not been in contact with him. Gallup police also confirmed Lincoln was still missing in the National Crime Information Center database. “We wanted to confirm he was still missing before reaching out to the public,” Padavich said. “Sometimes found people don’t report in to the police when they come back.” If you have any information about any of these ca ses, contact Metro Dispatch at (505) 722-2231.

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OPINIONS Make vacation memories in 2019 By Melissa Martin Guest Columnist


condo or a cabin? Beach or mountain? Country or city? USA or overseas? What is your favorite vacation spot? Adventurer or homebody? Some people choose a staycation - a vacation spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions. And some people use vacation time for home improvements - which really isn’t a

vacation. The purpose of a vacation is supposed to be rest and relaxation. And fun. However, some jet-setters cram so much activity into their annual vacation - they need a vacation from their vacation when they return home. I’ve often wondered where people that live at the beach take their vacations. Do they travel to the mountains? Do they go somewhere dry? Do they v isit relatives in the Heartland - U.S. states that don’t touch an ocean?

A 2015 st udy revea led what our travel destinations reveal about our personalities. According to research in the “Journal of Research in Personality,” extroverts prefer the ocean, and introverts go for the mountains. Based on a total of 613,000 personality surveys, the report suggests that extroverts are the beach folks  who are more prone towa rd socia lizing, wh ile introverts are the mountain people who prefer nature and peacefulness. 


A 2 015 s t u d y by t h e A me r ic a n P s yc holo g ic a l Association concluded that vacations reduce stress by removing people from the environments they associate with stress and anxiety. That sounds like common sense to me. According to a 2019 article by AAA, “Nearly 43 million Americans will start their summers on a high note with


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A New Mexico spring is a sight to behold. One minute birds are singing and the sun is out; the next moment, wind is ripping through your yard while hail beats down. It’s pretty unpredictable, but if you hold on you’ll experience beauty. Madame G recommends that you hang on for the wild ride of the Last Quarter Moon on June 7. You might as well smile like it’s a rollercoaster.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You have a generous heart, open mind, and outstanding physical prowess. You’re talented. But, you have a tendency to give so much you burn out. Before you implode from overwork, take a moment to appreciate what you’ve accomplished. You’re amazing! You should be proud of what you’ve done. Give yourself a little break from the negative talk. Keep calm and carry on.

You’re hopeful for the future. And you should be. Your life is good. Continue to be honest and share what you know to be the truth in a thoughtful conscientious way. No one likes a dictator. They may listen to you out of fear or annoyance, but they won’t respect your opinion. They certainly won’t follow you into the jungle or into war. Do you want ‘yes men’ or friends?

You might think that life is a lonely road, and it can be. But, that doesn’t mean that is the only story. There are many roads with twists and turns. Though we enter and leave this world alone, we travel throughout this world together and that makes all the difference. Keep an open mind and an open heart. Every chapter has a beginning and an end. It’s exciting. Enjoy!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Your life is an open book except for the parts that aren’t open to anyone. Instead of hiding away the best parts for yourself, consider how it looks to others. If you come across as cold and conceited, people will work for you, but they won’t be loyal. Try opening up to others and let them help you. No man (or woman is an island). Success is accomplished together.

The heart is a lonely hunter. That’s the beautiful title to Carson McCullers book. She was 23 when it was published. If you’re afraid that life will pass you by or that you haven’t accomplished enough,stop worrying You’re doing the best you can. We are all living a journey that we don’t fully understand. We are in this together, but we need to give ourselves a break. Be kind.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) What’s on your mind Gemini? If you’ve been focused on a certain topic or question for some time, allow yourself the time to try out new avenues of thought. You might just find the answer while enjoying a wine & painting event, attending an art opening, watching a movie, or talking with friends. You never know what you’ll find until you get out there and try it. Go!


What’s in your heart? You have good news to share and victories to announce. You must push forward and embrace the day. It’s a wonderful world we live in, but we have to do more than wish for the best. You need a community to rely on. It’s not enough to pursue your dreams alone. You need friends to help you when you’re feeling run down. Do your best along the way.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You’re doing what you need to for you. Don’t let others dictate what is best. Only you know, if your life aligns with your values. Keep in mind that all human beings can change and make better and worse decisions. There is always an option to try a different path. But, you must take the road you believe will serve you best throughout your life. Good luck!

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) It is a time of high emotion right now, Scorpio. But that does not have to become negative. Embrace the things that give you the energy to live. Allow yourself to become who you need to be. Those who are around you adore you, give them your time as you see fit.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Your heart is an open book with faded and sometimes blank pages. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing. But you may need to focus on those blank pages, if you want to see them filled. The question is, what do you want on them? You must see your vision and set out to complete it. Your friends and family will help, but you must reach out and ask. Help them out, too.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Your mind is where your heart is. Your passion is the key. You don’t have to keep looking for the only way forward. You can find the answer in your heart. Look deeply into your mind’s eye and don’t be afraid of the answer. Keep moving forward and do your best. You’ll find the answer if you ask it honestly and keep your word to yourself.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Be honest with yourself, do you really want to change? Maybe you think that you want to change, but you really don’t. The next two weeks are peak manifesting time for this moon, so while you don’t have to rush into anything, you don’t want to procrastinate. For your biggest plans, give yourself until the corresponding full moon in Gemini on December 12 to make it happen. OPINIONS

VACATION | FROM PAGE 12 a Memorial Day weekend getaway…Despite a rising national gas price average that is inching closer to the $3 per gallon mark, the vast majority of holiday travelers will drive to their destinations. www.newsroom. aaa.com/. The top U.S. Memorial Day 2019 travel destinations based on advance AAA Travel bookings: Orlando, Florida; New York, New York; Las Vegas, Nevada; Honolulu, Hawaii; Anaheim, California; Seattle, Washington; Phoenix, Arizona; Anchorage, Alaska; Tampa, Florida; and San Francisco, California. International vacations. The Caribbean is the most preferred destination for American tourists. Caribbean countries include Cuba, The Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Dominica, Jamaica, Puerto Rico (part of the U. S., Barbados, and 21 other locations, according to The World Atlas, www.worldatlas.com/. The great American road

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A century in Gallup


Marty Menapace (left) and Mickey Menapace (right) discuss what has led to Rico Auto Complex’s longevity. The dealership celebrates 100 years in business this month. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent


h i le t he ex a c t opening date in 1919 is unclear, one thing for certain is that Rico Auto Complex will celebrate its 100th year in business this month. The Sun met with Rico Auto Complex sales managers, and brothers, Marty and Mickey Menapace June 3 to discuss the histor y of the dealership, as well as how they feel about carrying on a family tradition. In addition to the the glistening showroom of new vehicles, the brothers take pride in Rico’s vehicle repair and maintenance department – and how it benefits their customers in the long run. “[We are] able to service everything we sell,” he said. This ability to prov ide good service to clients helps spur repeat business, which wa s a l so emph a si zed by Mickey. Mickey mentioned a time when a couple of executives COMMUNITY

from General Motors came to Rico Auto Complex and said something that reaffirmed what they already knew to be the truth. “[GM] said that we are one of the top dealers in the nation for selling to repeat customers,” Mickey said. “We have trained employees for their roles, and currently provide a decent living for over 85 employees,” he said. “The [employee] numbers fluctuate, but we provide for them.” Prov iding a good liv ing for thei r employees helps build a loyal employee base, M a r t y c o nt i nu e d , w h ic h then leads to long term of employment. Some Rico Auto Complex employee s worked for upwards of 30, 40, or 50 years at the dealership, according to Marty. “We provide a good environment for them because they make us successful,” he said. The notion of building loyalty with employees was also emphasized by Mickey, who detailed some of the events

that the dealership is holding to show appreciation, such as a traditional blessing ceremony on the morning of June 7, and an employee appreciation dinner, along with a ceremony held June 6 by the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce.

“Loyalty has been the crux of our business for decades,” Mickey said.

A BUYER’S PERSPECTIVE The concept of loyalty was also emphasized by Olsen Arviso, Jr., CEO of Arviso Construction Company in Ft. Wingate, who spoke to the Sun June 5. Arviso said his family has been buying their vehicles from Rico Auto Complex since the 1960s, when his late grandfather first began dealing with them. Then in the ‘70s, Arviso said, his father traded in a vehicle for a new one at Rico, and he became a loyal customer in the process. A few years after his father began buying from Rico, Arviso and his siblings began dealing with Rico Auto Complex. “Ever since then, that’s the only dealership we’ve been working with,” Arviso said. In the decades that Arviso has bought from Rico Auto Complex, he said they have begun to treat his family like their own family, and that it is this sense of loyalty that keeps Arviso’s family going back. A r v iso’s children have b ou g ht f r om R ic o Au t o Complex as recently as last year, he said. He also said the dealership provides the fleet of up to 10 company vehicles for Arviso Construction.

WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS One important aspect of preparing for the next generation of managers at Rico Auto Complex is ensuring they know how to evolve with the times. “Everything is computers now,” Mickey said, citing technologies available in the dealership vehicles like OnStar and power seats. “A lot of [older] clients don’t want them, but they’re standard now.” This idea of preferring simpler vehicles goes back to something his grandfather said, Mickey continued, that the more things you put into a vehicle, the more things can go wrong. However, the decades of advancements in technology also have their upsides when it comes to dealing with customers, he added. “Parents will be in here doing the work [of buying or selling], and their kids are babysat by technology,” he said. As he spoke, he pulled out his cellphone, a flip phone, and commented about how newer phones have many more features that younger generations know about, and they actively seek vehicles to support their smartphones. This, in tur n, presents another avenue to get the next


Four generations of family management of Rico Auto Complex. From left, Trevor Thomas, Ryan Menapace, Carrie Menapace Coral, and Randy Menapace stand in front of their Great-Grandfather Rico Menapace’s portrait in Gallup, June 3. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons Gallup Sun • Friday June 7, 2019


Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce holds business luncheon for Gallup IMPACT AID, OTHER BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES DISCUSSED

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usiness owners in Gallup could be the catalyst to a number of changes in certain New Mexico policies and programs if they join together and work with business owners in other communities. This was the idea presented at a business luncheon between the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation and members of the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. The luncheon, held June 4 at Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sports Pub and Grille, was held to discuss the economic climate of Gallup and surrounding areas. The event was sponsored by the New Mexico Roadrunners, a program created by the A lbuquerque Cha mber of Commerce. The New Mexico

Roadrunners is comprised of 50 business leaders and CEOs from Albuquerque companies and organizations who travel through rural New Mexico communities to discuss methods of collaboration to solve challenges that those communities face. Terri Cole, president and CEO of t he A lbuquerque Chamber of Commerce, said this is their way of extending a hand of friendship to smaller communities, and that they chose to visit Gallup because of its location and business climate. “We selected this part of New Mexico because of the importance of the oil and gas industry, the Navajo Nation, and the art and jewelry business,” Cole said. “This area is an important quadrant with Gallup, Farmington, and the Navajo Nation adding to the state’s economy.”

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Lundstrom, D-Gallup, Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup, and Mayor Jackie McKinney. One of the issues discussed during the luncheon was the ongoing battle over New Mexico impact aid, federal funding provided to rural school districts that exist on federal land and thus do not receive as much tax support from the nearby rural community. In the 1980s, legislation was passed that allowed the state to essentially take a portion of the impact aid given to rural school districts and redistribute those funds as they saw fit. This allows the state to effectively favor the richer, more urban districts, Munoz said. “ Ta ke Los A la mos for instance,” he said during the luncheon, “They’re one of the wealthiest counties in the state, but they’re getting a piece of poor counties by taking their impact aid.” P r e v i o u s l y, t h e S u n reported that Gallup-McKinley County Schools needed about $85 million to operate for one year, which would be provided by the state. But through the state’s impact aid laws that allowed them to take about 75 percent of impact aid amounts out of state funding, GMCS

got $63 million from the state, effectively only receiving extra $7 million to operate for the 2018 school year. Lundstrom said that one of the goals of meeting with the Roadrunners is to figure out how to recruit company owners to join the group and support local education. She added that the local elected leaders fight tooth and nail for fair treatment and funding from the state because it is their main objective to focus on providing goods and services for Gallup residents and visitors. “We put money into other city issues because we are a retail trade center,” she said. When McK inney got to speak, he said the location and proximity of Gallup to other small towns and the Navajo Nation presents a bev y of unique business opportunities for the city and its residents. One such oppor t u n it y comes from the amount of traffic Gallup sees on a daily and weekly basis. “People commute through Gallup,” he said. “There’s a swell [of people] on weekdays for commuting to work, and there’s a swell on weekends


Navajo Nation mourns the passing of Navajo Code Talker William Tully Brown Staff Reports


I N D OW R O C K , A r i z . – Navajo Nation P resident Jonat ha n Nez, Vice P resident My ron L i zer, 24t h Nava jo Nat ion Council Speaker Seth Damon, and Chief Justice JoA nn B. Jayne, offer condolences to the family of Navajo Code Talker William Tully Brown, who passed away on Monday at the age of 96. He wa s bor n on Oct. 30, 1922 in Black Mountain, A r iz, located a pprox i m a t ely f ive - m i le s nor t h of Tsela n i /Cot tonwood Chapter. Brown was Tó’aheedlííníí (The Water Flow Together Clan) and born for Tł’ááahchí’I (The Red Bottom People Clan). “On behalf of the Navajo people, we offer our thoughts and prayers for the family, loved ones, and community members who had the honor of knowing and sharing the life of Code Talker Brown. The Navajo Nation has lost another great Diné warrior,” said President Nez.

BUSINESS | FROM PAGE 16 with visitors.” McKinney said that being able to provide goods and services and forming good trade partnerships with neighboring Native communities presents unique opportunities for Gallup. He added that new business owners can find ways to capitalize on these relations. “We can show people that Gallup is a great place to do business because of the swell of business every week,” he said. Another reason for Gallup business owners to collaborate is to prevent another situation like the passage of HB 641 in 2013 by the New Mexico Legislature, McKinney said. HB 641 was intended to reduce corporate income tax rates, but the bill was given little time for debate and

William Tully Brown In 1944, Brown enlisted with the Marine Cor ps and was honorably revisions. The bill also did not receive enough time in the legislature to allow for public input, nor opportunities by legislators to consider its potential fiscal impact. McKinney said the bill was passed without any idea of what it could mean for New Mexico. A fter the bill was passed, the state’s general fund went from earning $10 million in FY14 to a smaller profit of $5 million in FY15, to ultimately losing $100 million between FY16 and FY17, according to a report published in 2018 by New Mexico Voices for Children. No one had stepped up to reverse the effects of HB 641 until now, McKinney said. He added that he believes business owners in the state would benefit from changes to the bill’s policies. “We can’t afford it, and we’re going to go down fighting [to change the bill],” he said.


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discharged in 1946. He received the American Campaign Medal, AsiaticPacific Campaign Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and Honorable Service Label Button. “On behalf of the 24th Nava jo Nation Council, we extend our most heartfelt condolences to the family of Navajo Code Talker and local civic leader William Tully Brown. We will always honor and remember the sacrifices he made at Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima in the protection of freedom and liberty. Mr. Brown’s contributions to the Tselani/Cottonwood community and the Navajo Nation will always be cherished,” said Speaker Damon. Chief Justice JoAnn B. Jayne said, “On behalf of the Judicial Branch and as Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation, I send condolences to the family and friends of William T. Brown. To his family, he was a beloved father, uncle, grandfather, but to many of us, he was a hero. “Mr. Brown was a humble ma n who did not seek recognition but

the world now knows of his ser vice to his Nation and his countr y. We have the power to not forget the contributions of our Nava jo Code Talkers. I ask of our people to honor the legacy of our Code Talkers by spea k i ng, lea r n i ng a nd teach i ng our language every day. In this way, they w ill a lways be honored a nd remembered.” Brown is the third Navajo Code Talker to pass away since the month of May. Vice President Lizer stated, “The Navajo Nation mourns for the loss of our warriors, who utilized our sacred Navajo language to protect the country and Navajo land during World War II. The Navajo Code Talkers shared their lives with each of us and we will forever be thankful.” The viewing was held June 6 at 8 am at the Church of Latter-day Saints Chapel in St. Michaels, Ariz., followed by a funeral service at 10 am. at Fort Defiance Veterans Memorial Cemetery. A reception followed at the Church of Latter-day Saints Chapel in St. Michaels, Ariz.



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‘Exotics of the Rainforest’

A young girl holds a Macaw parrot during the interactive “Exotics of the Rainforest” event at the Children’s Branch of Octavia Fellin Library June 5. Photo Credit: Octavia Fellin Public Library

Two colorful rainforest Macaws sit on a perch during the “Exotics of the Rainforest” event at the Children’s Branch of Octavia Fellin Library June 5. Photo Credit: Octavia Fellin Public Library

Carolyn Newell of “Exotics of the Rainforest” shows off “Meagan” the Macaw’s wingspan for children attending the “Exotics of the Rainforest” event at the Children’s Branch of Octavia Fellin Library June 5. Photo Credit: Octavia Fellin Public Library

Carolyn Newell of “Exotics of the Rainforest” educates children about the birds and reptiles of the South American rainforests at the Children’s Branch of Octavia Fellin Library June 5. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

“Meagan” the Macaw parrot carefully perches herself on a boy’s head during the “Exotics of the Rainforest” event at the Children’s Branch of Octavia Fellin Library June 5. Photo Credit: Octavia Fellin Public Library

‘Le Chat Lunatique’ to play ArtsCrawl

The funky, and who knows … possibly period-dressed, proud to note (on their website, anyway) “filthy, mangy, jazz” ensemble, “Le Chat Lunatique,” will rock ArtsCrawl June 8, 7-9 pm, at Quintana’s Music and Indian Jewelry, 223 W. Coal Ave. Photo Credit: Le Chat Lunatique


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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ caters exclusively to kids By Glenn Kay For the Sun



he Secret Life of Pets proved to be something of a surprise success back in 2016, chronicling the lives of animals and what they get up to when their owners are away. It earned solid reviews from the press and a massive box office haul. So naturally, it was only a matter of time before audiences would be receiving a sequel. The Secret Life of Pets 2 is bright, colorful and will certainly impress children. However, adults will find it nothing more than genial and forgettable. They’ll probably be most pleased by the fact that their kids are sufficiently distracted. Even if you haven’t seen the original film, there’s nothing about what’s happening onscreen that will confuse latecomers to the series. Max (Patton Oswalt) is a JackRussell terrier living in a New York apartment who can communicate with other animals in the building. He and his shaggy cohabitant Duke (Eric Stonestreet) are happy living with their family. However, the arrival of a new baby has caused Max to fret over the child’s safety and welfare, resulting in something of a panicked state and crisis of confidence. When the family takes a vacation, Max leaves his most prized possession with Gidget (Jenny Slate), who promptly loses it and must recover the item before his return. Finally, a rabbit na med Snowba ll (Kevin Hart) is asked by a pooch named Daisy (Tiffany Haddish) to help her rescue a tiger from an abusive circus owner. This follow-up doesn’t seem in any way interested in detailing the secretive activities of pets. Instead the script follows three separate plotlines that eventually converge in COMMUNITY

Chloe (voiced by Lake Bell) and Max (voiced by Patton Oswalt) in “The Secret Life of Pets 2.” Photo Credit: Universal Pictures the final act. At least each offers a couple of chuckles here and there. Highlights include Rooster (Harrison Ford), a gruff Welsh Sheepdog who ultimately serves as something of a mentor to Max, intimidating the protagonist while subtly attempting to build his confidence. Ford’s voice work is very effective, and he manages to earn a few laughs with his less-than-enthused demeanor. There are also a few amusing sights as Gidget encounters the unhinged feline occupants of another apartment. And a couple of Snowball’s offhanded comments raise a smile. Additionally, it is a nicely animated movie. The bold colors really pop off the screen, particularly when the characters move around the city or travel to a picturesque country farm. And of course, the furry characters look incredible as well, with great care taken to show distinctive hairs and textures on the leads. However, the movie goes a little overboard with oversized eyes. These characters have such enormous, glassy peepers that sometimes it seems like half of the frame is filled with gigantic pupils. Call this reviewer heartless, but he grew a bit tired by the constant doe-eyed looks

emanating from the animal characters. And while it’s pretty and a few of the gags work, many of the jokes land with a thud (including some unnecessary scatological humor) and are clearly geared to very young audiences. Although one wouldn’t expect too many surprises from a family film, none of the events or drama featured feels particularly urgent or exciting. There’s also

a strange aspect to the tiger rescue subplot, which involves an animal being abused and a conflict involving knife blades and antagonists falling off a train. These bits and the happy-golucky lines that follow feel out of sync with the events being depicted. The end resu lt is a good-looking animated flick that, quite literally, is bright a nd c olor f u l e nou g h t o

entrance children. However, the story and overall product doesn’t aspire to separate itself from the tropes of numerous animated family pictures and won’t earn more than a shrug from older audiences. Overall, The Secret Life of Pets 2 never seems overly interested in catering to anyone over the age of ten. V i s i t : w w w . CinemaStance.com

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REAWAKENINGS | FROM PAGE 4 in some of the worst situations that you can imagine…from natural disasters to out and out civil wars. You rendered what aid you could.” Does he find it depressing, heartbreaking? “All of the above. Some of that hung on and still does to this day. It never truly goes away. You just learn to live with it, compartmentalize it, and hopefully get on with life. That’s where equine therapy comes in. “There’s a sense of calm when you’re with a horse. Not necessarily riding it, but just brushing, rubbing on a horse,” he continued. “There’s a therapeutic thing of being with such an incredible animal…It’s healing... It takes your mind to a different place...It has a very calming effect. It surprised me in quite a lot of ways. There’s a lot to be said for spending a couple hours with a horse…letting things fall off of you, so to speak.” Kasehagen said the first thing for him was talking to his neighbor, Butler about it. It became fairly apparent that there wasn’t a lot available for vets in the Four Corners area. The two vets decided horses and dogs were going to be part of the healing process for veterans, their family members, and other people undergoing stress, emotional pain and anxiety in their lives. In the nearly three years they have been in operation, Rockin J Reawakenings has helped draw veterans out of isolated situations and embraced them with a sense of community. Michael Griego, who served on the USS Little Rock from 1972 to 1975, says he’s gotten to the point that he wants to volunteer

Navy vet and Rockin J Reawakenings ranch co-founder Jess Butler riding Skye. Photo Credit: Jori Butler at the ranch. He lives alone at Blue Water Lake and claims to have found camaraderie at the ranch. “It’s made me want to be outgoing a little bit more than what I am. When I go to the ranch I don’t get as nervous and stressed. I have a place to go to to relieve that stress.” Matt Metzler, also living in Blue Water, is a veteran of operations in Somalia. He found out about the ranch by word of mouth. “I live in the mountains. It’s given [me] a little more social interaction; meeting new people,” he said. “It’s brought some energy back. It’s reminding me of different things I have to offer. It revitalizes that. It gives me a lot more to look forward to.” Metzler says that little by little he’s coming out of his shell. He said, “Horses intimidate the heck out of me. Learned to lead ‘em around and [was] giving them treats. Takes your mind out of your daily grind and the horses are gentle.” He hasn’t ridden one yet, but he figures maybe in another year, he’ll try riding. He says that hasn’t stopped his daughter, though. “My youngest daughter got to ride on a horse.” He said, happy

to note that his daughters love the ranch. That’s something Kasehagen says is primary. “It’s not just the veterans, you have to include the family with this.” Butler agrees. When asked about the ranch’s mission he says, “Community and kids are our priorities.” I n a dd it ion, Rock i n J Reawakenings has instituted a program called “Step-Up.” It’s designed to assist veterans who are homeless and down on their luck. It offers a meal, and training to help them get a job. It includes interview attire, resumé writing and coaching about interview skills. In some cases it includes teaching veterans a trade. Plans now are to get insurance companies to help cover services and become a horse therapy clinic. Kasehagen says they are evaluating equine programs including the PATH program for horses, which has been around 50 years. Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), a federally-registered 501(c3) nonprof it, wa s for med in

1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. Both Butler and Kasehagen emphasize that their programs are community-inclusive and allow for people not related to the armed services to take advantage of what they offer. They both tell stories about pre-teens who have come to the ranch depressed to the point of suicide, to experience healing. The Equine Therapy program provides a varied group of horses to ride, handle and care for, and trainers to help with furthering skills. The program is based on learning how a horse thinks and how, by being able to guide that horse, both the horse and the handler can overcome obstacles. The ranch’s newest program involves horses who have fallen through the cracks. The ranch accepts equines who are slaughter-bound and works to give them a new purpose. A nother for m of hea li ng of fered at Rock i n J Reawakenings has to do with the dogs at the ranch. Asked what their jobs are, Butler offered a lighthearted, “mostly chasin’ bunnies.” But he added that the dogs are wonderful companions and friends to those who visit. The service dogs program at the ranch assists clients by matching them with emotional service animals through purchase or rescue. Kasehagen talks about developing focused plans for the dogs. Not only are they a source of comfort, but he and Butler are considering training service dogs at the ranch. “We’re in the process

right now of being approved by Medicare, Medicaid.” One of Rockin J Reawakenings’ challenges is getting the word out that the ranch exists. Butler and Kasehagen visit local areas carrying a supply of fliers. Word of mouth has drawn some people to their numerous meetings, cookouts, Easter egg hunts and other events. They also have a web site with a schedule of programs and events at https://rjreawakenings.homesteadcloud.com/ As they build and move forward, Rockin J Reawakenings is looking for help. Donations from horse feed and waterproof winter horse blankets, materials for a greenhouse, flower beds, and lumber are all on the list of items that will help them grow. Additionally, you can find them on Paypal, and on Amazon smile, so people making purchases can donate automatically. A ll i n a ll, Rock i n J Reawakenings Veterans Center and Ranch is offering something special to the community. Butler describes it this way, “[We want] to help bring the community together and heal the souls within it. So people can feel safe and productive and obey the law.” Kasehagen describes that something special using a term from Navy medicine, ‘standing by ready to assist.’ “We’re trying to help our friends and neighbors, the best way we know how.” For more information contact https://rjreawakenings.homesteadcloud.com/; email: reawajenungsunc@ gmail.com; Jess Butler (5 0 5) 4 0 9 -776 4 ; Ma r k Kasehagen (505) 331-2260.

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RICO AUTO | FROM PAGE 15 generation of owners to keep the business operating and flourishing. “It’s important that we’re t e a c h i n g a nd pr e p a r i n g younger generations to run the business, because they’re tech-ready,” Marty said. “[The new technology] is there and it’s coming.”

BEGINNINGS In 1919, grandfather Enrico “Rico” Menapace launched Rico Auto Complex. According to the family’s website, grandpa Rico started the dealership with the intention of selling cars via loyalty, teamwork, family pride, and community involvement. The company has 100 years of experience selling both Buick and GMC vehicles and General Motors parts and services to residents of the Gallup area. The dealership was started and operated on numerous spots on Coal Avenue, before settling at its current location at 220 S. Fifth St. Marty, who graduated from Gallup High School and spent

The third generation of Menapace’s dealers, owners and brothers Marty Menapace (left) and Mickey Menapace (right) in front of their Grandfather Rico Menapace’s portrait in Gallup. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons one year at New Mexico State University, said Rico Auto Complex has been a family-owned business for four generations now, with the fifth generation stepping up to help manage the company. “There’s been four generations, and four different dealers,” Marty said. “It’s all family [business].”


Mickey spoke about how the process of customers buying their vehicles has evolved over a century, namely the method of how some customers in prior decades paid for their vehicles. “A lot of customers back then would bring in livestock for down payments,” he said.

“At the time, you could consider us a trading post.” Dealing with livestock is not unheard of for the Menapace family, Mickey said, given they own a 20,000-acre ranch near McGaffey, south of Ft. Wingate. “[Exchanging and raising livestock] was part of what

made this business last the way it has this long,” he added. Marty discussed his involvement with the business as a youth, which started with watching their grandfather communicate with customers in different languages. He would also watch other customers barter with dealership employees on payments and vehicles, which also helped instill the desire to keep the family business going, he added. In light of the 100th year of operation, Marty said he hopes to see the dealership continue for another hundred years with future generations of the family in charge. “We really are proud of it,” he said. “We are very happy and very lucky to be where we are.” Rico Auto Complex will be holding 100 Year Anniversary celebrations on June 7 from 11 am -5 pm, and June 8 from 10 am-3 pm at their dealership at 220 S. Fifth St. Festivities include bands, food trucks, and activities for the whole family. For more information on Rico Auto Complex including vehicles, service, and financing, visit https://www.ricoautocomplex.com/

A vintage 1955 Oldsmobile in the Rico Auto Complex showroom in Gallup, N.M. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons



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Order Extending Certain Deadlines. Property Tax Division State Assessed Properties Bureau, State of New Mexico Pursuant to my authority under Section 7-38-85 NMSA 1978, I hereby extend the following deadline found in Section 7-38-20 of the Property Tax Code with respect to the 2019-tax year only: 1) The deadline for the State Assessed Property Bureau to mail Notice of Value to their taxpayers pursuant to Section 7-38-20 NMAS 1978. The deadline is extended from May 1, 2019 to May 10, 2019. Done this 26th day of April 2019. Michael O’ Melia, Deputy Director Property Tax Division Published in the Gallup Sun: May 17, 2019 May 24, 2019 May 31, 2019 June 7, 2019 ***

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR JUNE 7-JUNE 13, 2019 CALENDAR | FROM PAGE 10 Start time @ Netherwood Park. Albuquerque.


7 pm-9 pm @ ART123 Gallery. Shannon Gurley O’Donnell’s exhibition is a collection of paintings that embody the magnificent spirits of horses and bison – their inner power, wisdom, strength, and fortitude.


8 am-12pm @ 3708 Zia. Saturday Yard Sales. For more information call Joyce at (505) 862-1457.


6:30 pm- 9 pm @Gallup Downtown Conference Center. Concert is free and features New Mexico musicians and bands. The full line-up can be seen at www.galluparts.org/ doindylan.


12 pm @ Gallup High School Commons Area. The event opens with Gourd Dancing. The Grand Entry will take place at 7 pm. The school is located at 1055 Rico Street. Craft vendors are being solicited. Sign up deadline is June 1. This is a drug and alcohol-free event. For more information contact Pam Yardley (505) 870-6205; Lorraine Shorty (505) 269-6731; Victor Bob (505) 870-7439. SUNDAY, June 9


4 pm@ Westminster Presbyterian Church. The theme of Tongues of Fire will be explored through Scripture. Spend an hour in prayer for the healing of our broken world and planet. Open to all. Contact Kathy Mezoff: (505) 870-6136.


10:30 am @ Westminster Presbyterian Church-Gallup. Rev. Ken Cuthbertson, author of The Last Presbyterian? And Parish Associate for Las Placitas Presbyterian Church will be guest preacher. MONDAY, June 10


5:30 pm-6:30 pm @ Main Branch. A free financial literacy workshop defining identity theft and ways to guard against being a victim is being offered by First Financial Credit Union. For more information call (505) 863-1291 or email bmartin@gallupnm.gov


Gallup McKinley County Schools.


6 pm-8 pm @ SSC Boardroom @ Gallup McKinley County Schools. CALENDAR


8 am-2:30 pm Monday through Thursday through June 20 Rehoboth Christian School will hold June Camp. This year’s theme is Outside Survival. Camp is $60 per child, per week. If interested, contact Deanna Benson at dbenson@ rcsnm.org or call (505) 7269603. TUESDAY, June 11


5pm-6 pm @ Main Branch. This workshop is about the Seed Library service being offered. For information call (505) 863-1291 or email jwhitman@gallupnm.gov.


5:30pm Registration; 6:30pm Start time @ Whitehorse Lake Chapter. Includes a Community Health Fair. WEDNESDAY, June 12


10:30 am-11 am @ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. This program is intended for children ages two - four years old.


5:30 pm- 7:30 pm @ Main Branch 115 W. Hill Ave. Films play every Wednesday at 5:30 pm in the Main Library. This week’s film: The Upside.


5 pm-6 pm @ Children’s Branch. DIY Moon Rocks engages youth in a creative atmosphere with souvenir moon rocks to take home with you. For more information, call (505) 726-6120 or email jwhitman@gallupnm. gov.


7 pm @ Red Rock Park. Special children’s programming. For more information, contact the Gallup Lions Club at www.galluplions.com/rodeo-information. THURSDAY, June 13


4 pm-5 pm @ Children’s Branch: Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: TBD.


12 pm-3 pm weekdays through June 20. Campers will learn set building, costuming, character and script analysis and performance and movement. Performances will be held June 21 and 22 at the Shakespeare in the Park Festival. For more information go to galluprep.org of call Suzanne at (505) 879-9835.




@ Red Rock Park through June 15. Each night of the event features different attractions.


5:30 pm Registration; 6:30 pm Start time @ Thoreau Chapter. Includes a Community Health Fair.


6 pm-8 pm @ Gallup Christian Church, 501 S. Cliff Dr. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month; the Living Grace Group: For those struggling with mental illness. The Family Grace Group: For those living with and loving someone diagnosed with a mental illness. For more information contact PastorBill@GallupChristianChurch. com or call (505) 863-5620.


7 pm @ the newly-created outdoor performance space on Ninth Street, just north of the Gallup Flea Market. Twelfth Night will be performed tonight and June 14, 15, 21 and 22. Performances are free. For more information call (505) 879-9835.


6 pm @ Reawakenings Veterans Center & Ranch (2 miles North on County Rd 19, Prewitt, NM). ONGOING


2 pm every Friday and 9:30 am every Saturday dog training needs and assistance. The center’s professional trainer helper will be out June 15th and 16th at 9:30 am both days. Reawakenings Veterans Center & Ranch (2 miles North on County Rd 19, Prewitt, NM).


11 am every Saturday. Reawakenings Veterans Center & Ranch (2 miles North on County Rd 19, Prewitt, NM).


1pm free for anyone. Reawakenings Veterans Center & Ranch (2 miles North on County Rd 19, Prewitt, NM).


10 am-2 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Reawakenings Veterans Center & Ranch (2 miles North on County Rd 19, Prewitt, NM).


7 pm-8 pm nightly through September 2 @ The Courthouse Square on Aztec between Second and Third Streets. .Admission is free. For more information call

(505) 722-2228.


3:30 pm-5 pm first Monday @ the Octavia Fellin Library. Community members concerned about environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 722-0039 for information.


7 pm-10 pm @ New Crownpoint Elementary School gymnasium. For more information, call (505) 879-9460. Second Friday of the month.


2 pm first Saturday of the month @ Red Mesa on Hill Street. McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. For more information, call (505) 722-5142 or visit www.recyclegallup.org.


12 pm-1:30 pm first Saturday of the month. The Recycling Depot volunteers will accept some items, such as paper towels and toilet paper rolls. This is a free service of the McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council. Call (505) 722-5152.


2 pm @ the Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill. The council meets the first Saturday of the month. The public is invited to learn about recycling opportunities, receive updates on Gallup residential curbside recycling, and to volunteer. For information call Gerald or Millie at (505) 722-5142 or email betsywindisch@yahoo. com


9:30 am-4:30 pm Monday Thursday @ First Nations Community HealthSource, 1630 S. Second Street, Cedar Hills Plaza 262-#11. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (505) 863-8827.


10 am every Saturday @ the First Methodist Church, 1800 Redrock Drive. Overeaters Anonymous 12-step meetings. Contact info. (505) 307-5999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 8701483.


unmanaged hurts, habits and hang-ups. Joshua Generation for Jesus. For information, call (505) 870-2175..


6 pm - 7 pm Wednesdays, @ First United Methodist Church, 1800 Redrock Dr. (in the library). All are welcome.


10 am-4 pm, Tuesday through Friday @ 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia.


7 pm-9 pm Friday @ Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. Gallup’s longest-running live show!


Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Road.


6 pm-8 pm Wednesdays @ 113 E. Logan. Gallup Solar is hosting community classes and presentations about all things solar. Call (505) 728-9246 for info.


9 am-12 pm. on Warehouse Lane. Habitat for Humanity fundraising yard sales are held every Sat. Volunteers for various kinds of community services needed. For info call (505) 722-4226 


6 pm Thursday @ 309 Chino Loop, Gamerco. New Life ministries holds weekly meetings for anyone who is on the Recovering path from alcohol and drug abuse. Phone: (505) 722-8973. SAVE THE DATE


12 pm-4 pm, June 14 @ Gallup District Court. Lawyers will provide free legal advice on issues including bankruptcy, custody, divorce, pay day loans, public benefits and more. For information call (505) 863-6816. Sign language interpreters are available on request at VAPinterpreter@ gmail.com.

5:45 pm Mondays @ Fellowship Hall WR Christian Center across from N.N. Fairgrounds/ Wellness Center, Hwy 264. Window Rock AA Group. Visit To post a nonprofit or aa-fc.org for more info.

civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or 6 pm-8 pm Tuesdays @ 1375 Elva Dr. A Christ-centered re- fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: covery program that will help Monday at 5 pm.


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